A Black Perspective: Accessible & Inclusive Online Therapeutic Spaces

Date: Sat, 25 March 2023, 

Time: 10:00 – 12:00 GMT

Date & Time: Sat, 25 March 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 GMT

In this workshop Lesley examines how her creative journey using immersive technology led her to embrace important, collective challenges and experiences faced by many of the UK’s Black mental health professionals. She reflects on lasting disruptions caused by the recent pandemic and the eruption of new technology in psychotherapy; taking you on a journey to explore innovate ways to use a virtual therapy space in private practice with children and young people.

Lesley shares highlights from her personal and professional journey and guides you through a therapeutic experience using immersive visualizations and 3D tools as you reflect on your own self-identity. She focuses on the importance of using technology to create online therapeutic spaces which are inclusive and accessible to all.

Who is This Workshop Appropriate For?

  • Qualified and in-training Counsellors, Psychotherapists or Psychologists working online with Children & Young People

How May This Workshop Impact Your Practice?

  • Working in this way can help professionals working online to reflect on the self-identity needs of all clients, and especially those with differences in culture and neurodiversity.

Lesley is an experienced Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and certified Cyber-Therapist. She has used her long-held passion for imagery, music and the creative arts to underpin her professional training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.

She has run her private psychotherapy practice since 2017 and she moved from ‘in-person’ therapy to a 3D virtual playroom in 2020. Her therapeutic framework combines neuroscience, digital creative arts, and a blend of the physical and virtual worlds to deliver playful, immersive interventions.

Lesley’s lived experience as a black, British professional has led to her special interest in raising the profile of neurodiversity, especially amongst care-experienced children and young people with a cultural connection to the African diaspora. For several years she worked for a national UK charity as a young people’s advocate and independent mental health advocate.

Lesley designs and delivers her own series of cyber-creativity workshops and training programmes. Her goal is to help mental health professionals to gain IT skills and confidence for online creative arts therapy.

Lesley Simpson-Gray


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Jessica Stone Digital Play Therapy: The Creative Integration of Digital Tools Online

Following the success of the ACTO CYP and Online Events collaboration that brought together Andrew Reeves and Sally Evans to discuss Safeguarding Children and Young People Whilst Working Online, we are excited to bring you our next event….

Jessica Stone is an expert on Digital Play Therapy and many of you may know of her through her book Digital Play Therapy and also through her Virtual SandTray app.
We are delighted that Jessica has agreed to present at our next event on Friday 20th January between 6-8pm. Click on the button immediately below to book your place.

This is a great chance to explore those creative ideas for working online and we hope that it gives you some innovative ways to engage with your young clients online.

What is our vision?

Our vision for this ACTO CYP Network is that we connect with one another to share ideas for best practice working online with CYP. If you wish to share your ideas for this network, then please contact us you can email Rachael or Basi

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Non ACTO event Mindtech 2022

Non ACTO event Mindtech 2022

Mindtech symposium

The MindTech symposium 2022 brings together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in building a stronger evidence-base to support implementation of new technologies in mental healthcare.

Further information


Royal College of Physicians, London, Thursday 24 November 2022.  9.00 – 16.30


Safeguarding Children & Young People While Working Online – September 17th

Workshop with Sally Evans and Andrew Reeves

This workshop is the first in a series which is focusing on working with Children & Young People online and is a collaboration between ONLINEVENTS and ACTO.

About this event

In this 2 hour workshop, there will be input from Sally and Andrew as they share their learnings and experience of safeguarding while working online.

There will also be time for Q&A to meet the learning needs of the group and small group work so that the wisdom that is accumulating in the community of Children & Young People practitioners can also be shared.

ACTO is building a division focussing on the online work of CYP therapists. This event is part of our commitment to growing a network of CYP online practitioners who work to share experience and develop best practice working with Children and Young People online.

This workshop will be recorded and you can use the ticket function to pre-purchase the recording before the event. This will be useful for colleagues who are not able to attend the event live and also for those who attend the event live and want to watch again. It will be available for ACTO members in the ACTO members’ area.

This workshop will be hosted on the Zoom meeting platform where we will use our camera and microphones to interact with each other as a group.

To support practitioners in this time of extraordinary circumstances we are offering access to this group for a self-select fee.

The self-select fee is a radical inclusion policy to open learning for all colleagues. The guide price for this event is £20.00, however, we appreciate that income varies greatly in different locations and circumstances. Please contribute what you can to help us maintain inclusive professional training.

All the colleagues at ONLINEVENTS and the presenters we collaborate with are committed to working in a manner consistent with the BACP Ethical Framework, which can be accessed on the link below. When registering for this event you are agreeing to be present and interact in a manner that is consistent with this Framework.

Workshop facilitators

Andrew Reeves

Dr Andrew Reeves is a Professor in the Counselling Professions and Mental Health, a BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Registered Social Worker.

His practice experience spans over 35 years, when he first trained as a Samaritans volunteer at 18, before moving into social and work therapy. His research focus in working with risk in therapy, having experienced the suicide of a client during his training. Since then, he was published extensively in this area. He is previous Editor-in-Chief of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research journal, past-Chair of BACP and is Chair of the York St John Advisory Board Counselling and Mental Health Research Clinic. He supervises mostly doctoral research in counselling, psychotherapy and psychological trauma.

Sally Evans

Sally Evans is a Certified Transactional Analyst psychotherapist with an MSc in Psychotherapy and UKCP registered. Graduate of OTI – Cyber Therapist and Supervisor and ACTO member on both the Therapist and Supervisor registers.

Sally has over 25 years’ experience of working with CYP, both in person and remotely at where she was employed as the Clinical Lead. She has presented at UKCP, BACP, & OCTIA conferences on the topic of counselling CYP online and is the author of several articles on the subjects of CYP in Cyberspace and Suicide Ideation in Cyberspace. She was a member of the original BACP Expert Reference Group, which drew up the counselling competencies for “Working at a Distance.” She is an independent therapist, supervisor/consultant, and trainer, and can be contacted on

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